Accepting a Referral to See a Periodontist Could Save Your Smile
The American Academy of Periodontology, in 2006, published a report which was meant to help the clinicians to identify early on when their patients were at risk of a Periodontal Disease and need to be referred to Periodontist. This report was in no way meant to override the dentist’s knowledge or abilities or his skill level. It also divided patients into three levels.
Dentists will tell you that if they could have seen a patient earlier they could have saved more teeth. The longer you go without the proper care the more chance there is of you suffering tooth loss. Many adults in the country today have been told that they have a gum disease. However, people tend to refuse a referral to a Periodontist because they are in denial, or they have a fear of dentists in general, or maybe because of the financial cost of the treatment. There are also those who realize that if you want to keep your teeth you accept the referral and see the Periodontist.
A person who has been diagnosed with severe chronic periodontitis, angular or bony defects or furcation involvement. Rapid progressive periodontitis, which is Aggressive periodontitis, or you develop a periodontal abscess or some other form of an acute periodontal condition. A progressive gingival recession or root exposure is another reason to see a Periodontist.
Gum diseases do not usually show up before a person is in their 30’s or 40’s, and are ore prevalent in men. Some of the symptoms you should be aware of are vertical bone defects, exposed roots, evidence of a progressive bone loss diagnosed through x-rays. You should also see the Periodontist if you have an inflammation somewhere in your mouth that, if you probe the spot it bleeds, it is red or there is pus when probed.
If you have a periodontal infection of one of the following systemic conditions you should also see a Periodontist. If you are pregnant, have a chronic respiratory disease diabetes, or cardiovascular disease. If you are a person that has therapies for cardiovascular surgery, an organ transplant, joint replacement surgery, or cancer therapy you fall into this category also.
Some of the other risk factors involved with a periodontal disease are smoking which can lower your chances of a successful treatment, The Hormonal change in women and young girls can make your gums much more sensitive and make it easier for the development of Gingivitis. People with Diabetes are at a greater risk for developing infections, which includes gum disease. Medications, treatment for AIDS, treatment for cancer and susceptibility through genetics.
If you are given a referral to a Periodontist, be sure that you keep the appointment. Otherwise, you may not be able to keep your natural teeth.